IMPORTANT: The archived article below contains errors and has been replaced with an updated version. Please disregard the contents of the archived article and proceed to its replacement, IMPORTANT CORRECTION and UPDATE: Safe Patient Handling Law Signed by California Governor.
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Last month, California passed a safe patient handling law called AB1136 which helps prevent back injuries for Nurses in acute care hospitals. The law was prompted from the SEIU Nurse Alliance of California and was enacted on October 7th, 2011. The law becomes effective January 2012
and will start to be enforced by January 2013. This bill would make findings and declarations concerning the lifting, repositioning, and transfer of patients in acute care hospitals and resulting injuries to hospital personnel.
This article was last modified on December 14, 2011
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